The Orvis fly-fishing blog celebrates all things fly fishing, featuring top-notch articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts and the latest fly-fishing news. From trout fishing in the famed rivers of Montana to brown-lining for carp in the urban jungle to chasing sailfish of the coast of Baja, we cover all sides of the sport we love. Regular features include Tuesday Tips, which will make you a better angler, and the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, made up of the best videos from around the world.

In the Loop 02.28.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Things in Wisconsin have been a little testy lately, but anglers got some good news recently: an analysis of trout populations statewide shows that both brook trout and brown trout numbers have generally increased over the past 60 years, and trout abundance in the western part of the state is near all-time highs. researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point found higher trout-per-mile numbers in each. . .

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Friday Film Festival 02.25.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. It is snowing like all get-out here in the Great White North, which makes films like these manna from Heaven. Click “Read More” to see this week’s films, and enjoy!

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Fly-Fishing Vermont…in February?


Written by: Drew Price


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The author fishes below a huge ice dam on Vermont’s Otter Creek.

 photo by Drew Price

I haven’t caught a fish since early December, and my nerves are starting to show it. This winter in Vermont has been long, cold, and snow-filled—not the best weather for winter fishing. I have been working a lot, tying a lot of flies, and dreaming of tossing those flies at willing fish. I want…no…need to fish. Every time I have had a free day to head out with a couple of buddies, . . .

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The Art of Patience


Written by: Eric Rickstad


Alaska Rainbow

In early July 1995, I was guiding two of my favorite clients of all time—a father-and-son team from Annapolis, Maryland—on the Copper River, which drains into Alaska’s Lake Iliamna. Tom and TJ were skillful anglers who loved the sport, but they didn’t take it, or themselves, too seriously. We were near the end of a pretty good day of catching rainbows on leech patterns and sampling. . .

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Enter to Win An Access Fly Rod When You Share a Springtime Fishing Spot


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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We’re all excited to do some springtime fishing and try out our new gear. So we’ve come up with a contest that combines the two. Simply click the READ MORE button below to go to the comments and share with us your favorite water to fish in the spring, by 4 PM EST, March 1. We’ll pick one comment at random on March 2 and announce the winner that day. That’s it! It’s easy and fun. And you could win a new fly rod valued at up to $395! Good luck!

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Madison in Winter


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Winter fishing around southwest Montana is as much about shaking some cabin fever as anything else. Seems like the weather is either warm and windy or bitter cold and windy. So, when we get a day without the wind—be it bitter or warm—a few hours on the water always sounds good to me.

The lower Madison is typically a great winter fishing choice as it offers lots of easy. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Sight Fishing for Stripers


Written by: Eric Rickstad

In this podcast, I give 15 tips on sight fishing for stripers as requested on our new podcast voicemail line. We also get a call from Iceland with a correction to my last podcast.

Did I leave anything out? Have a sugestion for a future podcast? Call me at (802) 362-8800 or leave us a comment by clicking the READ MORE button.

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Happy Presidents’ Day!


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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President Barack Obama reacts to missing a strike on the
East Gallatin with guide Dan Vermillion.

To celebrate the holiday, we focus on those Commanders-In-Chief who have cast a fly as a way to relax. First, we offer an account of past angling presidents, from Grover Cleveland to George Herbert Walker Bush. And here’s the story of our current President learning the hard way that fly fishing (like governing) can be both exhilarating and frustrating. For a more in-depth look at the history. . .

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Friday Film Festival 02.18.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We’ve got a five videos to stoke your passion for fly fishing as we wait for spring to arrive. The weather has turned downright balmy up here in Vermont, so the thought of casting big streamers on Opening Day suddenly seems less remote, despite the foot of snow that remains on the ground. Click “Read More” to see this week’s films, and enjoy!

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